I want to paint a shelf/bookcase that I purchased second hand. It is one of the put together yourself pieces, made w/ fiberboard and a coating. How do I paint this
The "wallpaper" will tend to strip off. A spray can works well but you have to use a primer first.
You can use regular paint but you would have to lightly sand the shiny surface first to give it some tooth being very careful not to tear it.
Or if you don't care how long it lasts just paint it any old way.
My opinion from past experience?
If the surface is both clean and dry, and you use a primer, there is no real reason to sand it prior to applying primer. If there are any drips, or mars from the primer application, than a light sanding prior to the paint and between top coats can offer a smoother finish.
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